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A Brief Primer On Proper Burnout Video Etiquette

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"Uh Bob, uh, you’re right in the middle of the fuckin’ picture, there. dude."

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April 9th, 2014

XCAR sits down with David Brown, talks Speedback

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David Brown Automotive, the British coachbuilder set to introduce its old-is-new-again Speedback at the Top Marques show in Monaco next month, has revealed a bit more of its upcoming offering in a video by XCAR. The Speedback is based on the platform and running gear of the soon-to-be-discontinued Jaguar XKR, with a design heavily influenced by 1960s-era cars from Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin.

While we’ve seen more than a few views of the Speedback, this behind-the-scenes shoot at Envisage Group, the Coventry-based company assembling the first running prototype, gives us a much closer look at the construction, build quality and unique features of the four-place coupe under proper lighting.

Peering inside the vehicle while it is still under construction reveals that the Speedback’s handcrafted interior shows a heavy Jaguar/Land Rover influence (understandable, as Alan Mobberley, head of design for David Brown Automotive, was the chief designer of interiors for JLR). All of the modern conveniences are there, yet they’ve added some interesting touches. Many of the buttons on the dashboard are not plastic, but metal, incorporating tiny perforating holes to allow colored illumination to show through. Most interesting to our eyes is the hatchback’s drop-down tailgate, which tumbles open to reveal a picnic seat stored beneath the flat floor.

The Speedback has a polarizing appearance, with some of us liking its retro looks, while others prefer to simply look away. Watch the video below, then let us what you think of the car in Comments.

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April 2nd, 2014

Powersliding A Jaguar To An ‘Adult’ Soundtrack

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It’s only appropriate to have some sliding Jaguar car porn and then dub over ultra-cheesy porn music in the background.

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June 26th, 2013

Official: 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT takes fiercest feline further [UPDATE]

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2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT - front three-quarter view

If there were any car to overshadow the 542-horsepower Jaguar XJR that’s coming to the New York Auto Show, this is it. Meet the Jaguar XKR-S GT – a street-legal, higher-performance version of the already hardcore XKR-S that will be headed to North America in very limited quantities. Only 30 will be offered on our continent, with 25 earmarked for the United States and the remaining five going to Canada. The cost of entry? $174,000 when it goes on sale this August.

What that gets you is a coupe that is, without any doubt, ready to attack any racetrack it might encounter. The XKR-S’ supercharged 5.0-liter V8 has not been upgraded in terms of power – not that 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque is anything to sneeze at – but instead, Jaguar focused on tuning the bits of the car that help effectively put all that grunt to the ground. There’s a new hood with rows of louvers to aid in engine cooling, and elsewhere on the car’s body, you’ll find carbon fiber on the redesigned front air splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, as well as a new rear diffuser, an aluminum front under tray and an absolutely massive wing out back to keep downforce to a maximum.

Underneath that hot body are retuned and height-adjustable adaptive dampers; spring rates have been increased by 68 percent in front and 25 percent at the rear versus a standard XKR-S. Most of the front and rear suspension geometry has been upgraded, larger carbon ceramic brakes have been fitted at all four corners, and wider 20-inch forged alloy wheels are found here, wrapped in Pirelli Corsa tires – 255/35-series rubber in front and 305/30-series stuff out back. There’s also a revised active exhaust system, which should only improve the already thunderous roar coming out the back of the Jag coupe, and a faster steering rack has been added for improved agility.

This all sounds very, very good, and we can’t wait to get a look at the XKR-S GT in person later this week. Scroll down for all of the details in Jaguar’s press blast.

UPDATE: Official video with fantastic noise added below. More pics in gallery, too.

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March 26th, 2013

Official: Jaguar reskins the cat with new XK Artisan edition

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Jaguar XK Artisan SE

Every car has its better and worse angles, but by and large we’d argue the Jaguar XK is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today. Almost artistic, we’d say, and Jaguar itself seems to agree with the release of the new Artisan special edition.

Launched (for the time being at least) in Jaguar’s home market, the Artisan SE is available in either coupe or convertible and in base XK or supercharged XKR trim. It’s distinguished by its polished 20-inch wheels and unique shades of black, white and silver, but what really sets it apart is its interior: Scraffito-style leather covers the seats, dash and doors, with a Poltrona Frau headliner, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, stainless steel pedals and unique sill plates.

The Artisan SE bumps the price of any XK specified by a good £12,000 ($19,000 based on current conversion rates), making it the new king of the hill for Jaguar’s two-door range. Check it out in the press release after the jump and the high-res image gallery.

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February 23rd, 2012

Watch a Russian hipster get his mind blown in a Jaaaaaag [Video]

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A Jaguar XKR’s a mean thing in the right hands, as this Russian hipster kid finds out in this horrifying (for him) test drive. You almost have to watch this video twice; once to see the kid in the ironic CCCP shirt freaking out/almost barfing; once to see just how calm the driver is. More »

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June 9th, 2011
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